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Old 10-11-2009, 12:40 PM   #41
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I guess I consider myself semi-ER'd - I intersperse the Reserve stuff with my consulting business which is definitely < half-time. It keeps me in the 'game' mentally - what I find interesting is I'm now thought of as one of the 'mentors' in my professions, so the interaction is limited but can be rewarding. Experience is invaluable at times. I'm just holding onto the Reserves to see if I make the next rung on the ladder - if so, three more years at a very limited involvement and then truly retired. As for the consulting, we'll see. So far, it's been very interesting and rewarding.

Husband is still full-time - however, we're looking at 2-7 more years - depends on where they send us....
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Old 10-12-2009, 02:43 AM   #42
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There's probably more ESR chatter here than you think TargaDave when you consider the broad band of lifestyles that ESR encompasses.
Very true, but I sense there is still a wee bit of a stigma cast on those who choose the semi-ER approach which in turn suppresses some of that chatter. All forums tend to develop these subtle biases, just the nature of the beast. Hopefully most people ignore any biases and simply choose what is right for them. Maybe that was part of the purpose of this thread.

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So you are jumping over land masses in that first one? Wow, better not screw up! LOL!
Exactly what my wife had to say!
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:07 AM   #43
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Very true, but I sense there is still a wee bit of a stigma cast on those who choose the semi-ER approach which in turn suppresses some of that chatter....Hopefully most people ignore any biases and simply choose what is right for them. Maybe that was part of the purpose of this thread.
Yes, just a "wee bit" . I think it's in direct proportion to how much the dispenser hated his/her pre-FIRE job.

But at least for me, it's all been in good fun and I'll miss the back-and-forth when I finally do retire. In fact, I may choose to FIRE and not tell anyone .

But seriously, I do think that there are unique issues for those of us trying to juggle this decision while holding down full-time jobs which provide considerable non-financial rewards and benefits. In fact, it might be interesting to have a new forum or subforum for "Part-time FIRE Issues."

Maybe the mods and Andy can discuss.
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Old 10-12-2009, 02:01 PM   #44
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I was FIRE for 3 months and then luckly enought to get an offer @ a University, free tuition for my three High School kids! I work alot less hours now compared to when I was in corporate and the pressure is not market driven but rather internal. So people are much more flexible. While I am still FI, I work now because I enjoy it and ultimatly my kids will benifit. I figure this is good for ~ 8yrs. In 8yrs I am will be 55 my SO and I plan to sell the house, rent an appartment in the Berkshshire mountains and travel 6 months of each year.

I too use Bob's book, his and the Boogleheads are my ER bibles.
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Old 10-16-2009, 02:49 PM   #45
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Great videos Dave!

Kiteboarding looks like a blast, but having to jump islands would land me in the hospital.
Methinks kiteboarding has the potential to retire a person early. From the gene pool. Its done on snowboards as well?!

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Old 10-17-2009, 06:01 AM   #46
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Methinks kiteboarding has the potential to retire a person early. From the gene pool. Its done on snowboards as well?!
Well, every activity tends to have it's calculated risk takers and it reckless knuckleheads. That vid was defenitely the latter category.

Interesting factiod; Only one kiteboarding fatality in the OBX since the sport has been around and yet we get a record number of ocean drownings by vacationers every year. Most often it's out of shape, overweight, sometimes intoxicated, middle aged everyday people jumping into a serious ocean like it was their back yard pool. These are often the same pool of people who think kiteboarding is very hard and dangerous. Darwin does not discriminate!
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I think every discussion board could benefit from more stories about satisfying work. There just don't seem to be enough stories to go around...
I planned to semi-retire about a year ago, but as my income declined I had to re-calibrate. I love my work, and yet can handle the workload in probably 2-3 days a week. So, I have decided to take Friday-Monday off now, and then add a day every 6 months if I am able to keep up with my work (self-employed, with no employees). I also read Clyatt’s book about a year ago and got very inspired. That, plus Tim Ferriss’s book, really triggered my imagination about ‘what could be’, and helped me get out of my rut. I am 61, and wish I had done it earlier!

I will be starting a web-based business later this fall, which should give me added options for travel while still getting my work done. In addition, I plan on taking a cross-country motorcycle trip in fall 2010. That, plus getting a passport and burning my 175,000 US Air miles, are also on my ‘hit list’.

Seems to me that semi-retirement is about the best of both worlds, although I realize a lot of people may not have have that option (unless your employer is really flexible, or you work for yourself…). So, I count my blessings while moving into the next phase of my life!
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Well, every activity tends to have it's calculated risk takers and it reckless knuckleheads. That vid was defenitely the latter category.

Interesting factiod; Only one kiteboarding fatality in the OBX since the sport has been around and yet we get a record number of ocean drownings by vacationers every year. Most often it's out of shape, overweight, sometimes intoxicated, middle aged everyday people jumping into a serious ocean like it was their back yard pool. These are often the same pool of people who think kiteboarding is very hard and dangerous. Darwin does not discriminate!
It's hard to find decent statistics, but it appears there have been 6 drownings in the OBX this year. I suspect if you compare the percentages of swimmers to drownings and the percentage of kiteboarders to deaths it won't be that far off. A tiny fraction of a percent is the same either way. I'm not putting down kiteboarding by any stretch, I just get curious when statistics are tossed out there like this. By the way, one of the 6 drownings was apparently due to a shark attack , so I'm not sure if that counts in our comparison.

Edit: Found this just after posting. Kiteforum.com &bull; View topic - Kiting Fatality Analysis, 2000 - 6/2006 Looks like kiteboarding is safer than driving. Almost everything is.
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